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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sixth and Spring Books (6 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931543755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931543750
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 28.8 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 566,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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109 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 Sept. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Knitting over the edge is not a pattern book. (Although it does have patterns for five finished pieces) It is a book filled to the brim with swatches for all those details you can add to other items.
For a long time now I have realised that the difference between a "nice" hand knitted item and a fabulous hand knitted item is in the finishing and the personal touches you can add.
So from rib patterns that look like bamboo, to sections on colour knitting that include a zebra strip pattern this is now a book I will never be without. It is a gorgeous book, full of fabulous colour swatches and stitch patterns.Whilst it might not all be to everyone's taste - (knitted balls, anyone?) this is most certainly one for your collection.
It is divinely inspirational - and I for one will never knit a boring 2x2rib again.
The only reason this book does not get Five Stars is that the techniques are not always explained in detail (and charting for the cables would have been proffered). But it is still a lovely book, and fantastic addition to anyones knitting library.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Spider Woman on 24 Oct. 2008
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If you haven't read books one or three of the series, this is a good book to help find your own creative juices. But it's the weakest of the three-book series. I had looked forward to this book after rejoicing in "Knitting Beyond the Edge", but found little that added to the first, and was quite disappointed. Had it been a stand-alone, it would have been great. As the middle of a three-book series, it leaves much to be desired. The designs simply were not up to the quality or cleverness of the others.

The first book, "Knitting Beyond the Edge", was an epiphany. It gave the sense of how the ordinary person could create something original and wonderful without knowing all the ins and outs of knitting or the refined techniques. The third of the series magnified the awareness of one's ability to create something new and special (with the help of Knitting Over or Beyond, of course). But, unfortunately, the second book wasn't up to the first or third.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jood TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Feb. 2010
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As an experienced knitter of more years than I care to admit to, I'm always on the lookout for that "something different", and having read Nicky Epstein's first book of edgings until the print was nearly worn off the pages, I really looked forward to the arrival of this, her second outing in the world of Edgings. To say I was disapponted is actually an understatement. I was expecting something really exciting and innovative; what did I get? Pages and pages of fair-isle-type patterns, most of which can be found in various "stitch" pattern books; pages of not very interesting rib patterns with rather poor photographs.....brightly coloured yarn does not show these patterns well at all. The various knitted flowers and cords (which are then shaped into flowers etc), I found rather tedious, and not really what I would call "edging" in the true sense. This has actually put me off buying her book on knitting flowers

If you're looking for something different, then stick to her first book of edgings: "Knitting on the Edge" and give this one a miss.

I was so disappointed with this book that I returned it the following day for a refund, which Amazon happily gave me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A John TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the second book on edgings from the talented designer Nicky Epstein, the first being Knitting on the Edge: The Essential Collection of Decorative Borders. It takes its cue from the first, the style and layout are very similar, with a coffee table feel. There are 5 sections, unique ribs, cords, appliques and nouveau, and for each section, one full pattern is given. the shawl / cape, for which some detail is included on the front cover, is gorgeous!

But most of the book is devoted to the designs for edges. Each one gives the number of stitches it is worked over, easily enabling you to match that to an ordinary pattern. The complexity goes from very very easy, to some quite complex designs. The fact that some of these are actually remarkably simple shouldn't put people off - it's the idea and design which works. There are, for example, a number of designs built from attaching a knitted cord to a plain edge, in different shapes. It rather reminds me of one of the knitting magazines' series looking at one pattern knitted in 3 different wools - the difference in effect can be amazing.

There are a lot of really fun designs here - and I think this one really comes into it's own if you have children. My daughter was in raptures over the flower applique designs - perfect for a girly outfit! A number of the coloured ones will really appeal to those knitting for babies or toddler - there are ducks, hearts, butterflies....not to mention the fish with bubbles coming out. I'm tempted to do them in stripes for a "Finding Nemo" effect. And then there is the nouveau section.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Elle B Reader on 14 Feb. 2008
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I love this book, I bought it last year and have since had a wonderful time using my favourite designer patterns but adding borders/edgings from this. The look is so different on each one, there's a selection of two colour edgings (simple fair isle style), knitted flowers leaves and cords to applique onto the edge, and borders instead of ribbing. The book has a picture of each design with instructions for working next to it. The pattern stitch is shown as (multiple of 6 sts plus 5) or (multiple of 5sts plus 3) etc making it easy to incorporate into any knitted item, or for repeating several times to provide squares for afghans, I've even used some as top edges for socks. For me the best thing about this book - I can use these designs on anything I want to, giving great individuality to my needlework.
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